today, i hit upon the idea of asking 9 fundamental questions of every poetry editor i can find, who is welcome to answer only one or all the nine questions in anyway s/he prefers to. instead of raising questions for its chatroom only, i will introduce this section to my magazine Poetry Pacific (2.2), to be released on august 5. hopefully we can get some interesting responses. ( i have come up with another organization idea, but i want to see how this interview idea goes first.)
pasted below are the questions i have just finished preparing - '9' being the maximum number that implies 'enduring' or longevity' in traditional chinese culture::
9 FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS FOR POETRY EDITORS
- Given the ways contemporary authors have been trying to compose all kinds of poetry, how would you define ‘poetry’?
- Many people say poetry is dying. Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?
- What defining features do you think ‘best’ poetry should possess? In other words, what is your personal or working definition of ‘best’ poetry?
- What are the most important makings of a ‘great’ poet? – please name 3 greatest poets the world has produced thus far.
- Who are the 3 most important or noteworthy contemporary poets according to your personal/working criteria.
- Considering the contemporary poetry writing/publishing reality, what are the most important changes that you think should be made to promote poetry as a worthy cause?
- Which 3 poetry editors or magazines would you like to recommend to all poetry lovers? Or, which 3 are your most favorite poetry editors/journals?
- What are the most important or interesting things that you have you learned about poetry writing/publishing as a poetry editor?
- What is the most or least enjoyable part of being a poetry editor?